This month we'll be exploring the topic of open source as it relates to the art world. This is a big topic and by no means a new one, so we'll only be scratching the surface here. Our goal is to explore some of the ways open source technologies and methods of collaboration are affecting both the institutional art world and art-making practices. This meetup will serve as primer, at best, but in typical ArtsTech fashion, will approach the topic from a variety of vantage points and sensibilities.
7:00pm - Doors
7:20-8:30pm - Presentations
8:30-9:30pm - Informal networking over wine and snacks
Bre Pettis (http://www.brepettis.com/) is a founder of Makerbot (http://www.makerbot.com/), a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor (http://www.nycresistor.com/), a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he's created new media for Etsy.com, hosted Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.
Jeff Crouse (http://www.jeffcrouse.info/) is a media artist whose work playfully comments on the role of technology in our lives. It takes many forms, including software, web applications, installations, games, and video. Jeff received his MS from the Digital Media program at Georgia Tech in 2006 and then joined Eyebeam (http://www.eyebeam.org) as a production fellow in 2007. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, a freelance programmer, and teaches in the Parsons Design and Technology program.
Gabriella Coleman (http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty_bios/view/Gabriella_Coleman) is Assistant Professor in NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. She is an anthropologist who examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism. She is completing a book manuscript "Coding Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software" (under contract with Princeton University Press) and is starting a new project on peer to peer patient activism on the Internet.
Zeeshan Lakhani and Russell de Moose are technologists and web developers at Liberty Science Center (http://www.lsc.org/). They hold music technology degrees from New York University and are currently driving the MOSCAR (http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Grants/MOSCAR:_Museum_Open_Source_Code_and_Application_Repository) initiative at LSC, an open-source, online hub dedicated to the sharing, interchange, and filtering of code, applications, and tutorials specific to museum and public interests.
Huge thanks to our hosts at Edelman, to our ArtsTech volunteers and to all of you for making this meetup possible.